Record Breaking Low Temperatures in the Forecast

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Tue, December 3 2013 at 6:24 PM, Updated: Fri, December 6 2013 at 1:31 AM

Ken Robinson is at the Medford Gospel Mission lunch room, getting warm. He says he is down on his luck and the cold temperatures are a chilling reminder of his circumstances.

"It is so cold outside, when you're sleeping under a bush essentially," says Robinson.

Ken says he took a moral stance at work on an issue, and ended up homeless. Usually he's okay, but it's the bitter cold nights that get to him the most.

"When you wake up at four in the morning and then it takes till eleven to get warm," Robinson says.

An air mass from the arctic is bringing us the chilly air.

Meteorologist Ryan Sandler of the National Weather Service says "what we are experiencing this week, it does happen every once in a while but it's not what we typically experience."   

And it's bringing with it, possible record breaking low temperatures.

"We are going for a record low Thursday morning in Medford we're forecasting 17 and 18 is the record low from 1972," says Sandler.

And the National Weather Service says Sunday morning could be even colder. For Ken Robinson who says he normally likes to spend his nights outside, he says he's not taking any chances.

He says "this cold, I am inside, as cold as it's going to be tonight. You can die out there."

Now there is a storm system moving our way on Friday that could bring us snow in the valley. If that happens and the snow sticks, that could drop the temperatures even more this weekend.

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